"Illusions of Grandeur" (Century Media; 2012)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Evocation’s "Illusions of Grandeur" is heavy metal music the way it should be: loud and in-your-face. The CD is ten tracks and 42 minutes of growling vocals, thundering bass and punishing drums ... and then, of course, there are the vicious guitars.

Like a guardian pointing the way, guitarists Marko Palmén and Vea Kenttäkumpu direct the listener on a excursion into the world of the band's making. What an interesting ride it is! And, if the guitars direct the listeners, Thomas Josefesson on vocals paints the canvas while Janne K. Bodén on drums and Gustaf Jorde on bass provide the powerful back bone and the muscular structure that perfectly bring all aspects of the band's music together.

This band is truly phenomenal and "Illusions of Grandeur" puts together all the parts perfectly to create one of 2012's best listening experiences.

For more information, check out http://www.evocation.se.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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